Posted by: Andy
December 23, 2013

Andy

Silent or Jingle?

DinnerBellE

For the last few weeks, entrances to stores have been a little noisier than usually with holiday bell ringers.  When the jingling first arrives on the scene they attract my attention and I am more inclined to spread some Christmas cheer.  However at the risk of sounding Grinchy, after a while I start avoiding the noise, looking for other entrances. As yet another example that my thoughts rarely stray far from fishing, I suspect that…

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Posted by: Andy
December 17, 2013

Andy

Can You Cast “Art?”

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  There are some good looking lures out there.  Not only can they catch fish but some certainly possess aesthetic value. Sometimes it’s the sheer realistic look of the lure that is incredible. Other times, it is a small attention to detail or a unique appearance of something that didn’t come off an assembly line. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What may be just a loaded tackle box to you, may be…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 11, 2013

Tom K.

Top Ice Fishing Tips from the Pro

Ice fishing is a whole lot more than skating or sitting on a bucket waiting for a fish to bite. It can be a social sport for sure, but there are some serious anglers who fish through the ice. Chuck Kashner from Vermont Ice Fishing is an ice fishing guide who has some tips that come from years of guiding experience. According to Kashner, the most important part is to locate a good spot. “The…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 4, 2013

Tom K.

Finding Spots to Drill a Hole

Folks who don’t ice fish think that there is nothing more to the sport than going out on the ice, drilling a hole, and catching fish. That is certainly one way to go about it, but the odds are high that you’ll be a little shy in the fish catching department. Savvy anglers use a common sense approach that begins long before the ice is thick enough to support a shanty, a vehicle, or a…

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Posted by: Tom K.
February 7, 2013

Tom K.

Go Hard or Go Home

Photo Courtesy of the State of New Hampshire F&W

A long time ago it was common for my football coach to get complaints from me and my teammates during our summer two-a-days.  Coach’s phrase was “go hard or go home.”  At one point he got tired of saying it and had t-shirts made with the saying broadcasted in plain view.  Now that I think about it, that saying relates to ice fishing too. I’m no weatherman, and while the Groundhog called for an early…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
February 4, 2013

Elizabeth

A Look Back

Jeff Kelm ice fisihng

When you speak with most tournament ice anglers, they share stories of growing up in the ice belt, setting up tip-ups for pike, and sitting in a converted camper trailer with their fathers, grandfathers or uncles jigging and listening to fish tales.  Although I did ice fish as a young child, my story is not quite the same.  I certainly did not fish often enough as a child for it to play a major role in…

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Posted by: Andy
January 8, 2013

Andy

Let it Glow

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As a kid, some of my favorite toys possessed the magical ability to glow in the dark.  Guess not much has changed. Glow in the dark lures can be found in a variety of forms from soft plastics to spoons.  One of my favorite methods to fish is to cast a glowing spoon just before sunrise at the mouth of a tributary of Lake Erie and brace for a steelhead to hammer it. It was…

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Posted by: Andy
January 1, 2013

Andy

He Who Smelt It

DrillingForSmelt

There is an old saying that “sometimes less is more.”  However with smelt, this is not one of those times.  When smelt fishing, “more is more.” Smelt are a relatively weak fish, which might reach an immense six inches or so.  Even catching three at a time, I have had aquatic vegetation that fought harder.  Still, this is strangely fun and I cannot wait to take the kids smelt fishing. I have used augers to…

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Posted by: Tom K.
December 26, 2012

Tom K.

Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

Every year, the Fall and Winter holidays seem to begin earlier and earlier.  Part of me likes to keep the events separate while another part of me sort of likes the fact that everyone is happy for a long period of time.  One part that I always dread is January 2nd, because on that day the celebrations come to an abrupt end. For me, they come to an end because I never seem to have…

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Posted by: admin
December 19, 2012

Cures for Cabin Fever

Snowy porch

I really do live in a log cabin in the mountains of Colorado.  This is the scene I woke up to this morning.  Sure, the snow is pretty, especially around the holidays (when we get a foot in May, it really isn’t that neat anymore), and we need the moisture.  The whiter it is in winter up here, the better the fishing will be next summer. But if you like fishing as much as I…

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